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Mastering the Five Tiers of Audit
Competency, The Essence of
Effective Auditing
ANN BUTERA ❚ CRC PRESS ❚ 2016 ❚ 199 PP. ❚
$49.95 (BOOK).

The role of an audit is to function as a mirror to reflect the organization's condition
and effectiveness in the reviewed scope.
The audit should report to management
any deficiencies that were revealed. An

internal audit has the additional responsibility of influencing management to taking
corrective and preventive actions to
enhance the practices and management
systems involved. This book's intent is to
create positive interpersonal and organizational change enabling constructive
improvement. This book will facilitate that.
The first five chapters are technically
oriented, taking the activities performed
during an audit in the order they would be
used in planning and executing the audit.
The last three chapters address the skills
needed to be an effective auditor and
team member.
Each chapter begins with the "chapter
contents at a glance" and concludes with
a summary of the key points, a brief quiz
to remember important points and test
knowledge, and a performance planning

worksheet (a template to set goals and
assess progress). The focus is on doing the
right things in the correct order, while avoiding less effective or noneffective activities.
The author goes into detail to provide
complete, practical approaches to auditing
and organizational performance. Much
coverage is also given to behavioral skills-
mastery of which will have far-reaching
benefits beyond auditing.
The book may be used as a quick reference guide to get ideas and solutions for
specific situations encountered because
there are many definitions and explanations
provided. The book would benefit from a
centralized glossary. Other than that, I found
this to be an exceptional reference, worthy
of space on every auditor's bookshelf.
-Marc A. Feldman, Houston

Additions to your quality library

Footnotes
The Probability Workbook
MARY MCSHANE-VAUGHN ❚ ASQ QUALITY
PRESS ❚ 2017 ❚ 576 PP. ❚ $99 MEMBER ❚ $145
LIST (BOOK AND CD-ROM).

With this workbook, McShane-Vaughn
has provided a companion to her 2016 The
Probability Handbook. The handbook covered counting techniques, probability rules,
discrete probability distribution and continuous probability distributions. This superb
follow-up provides more than 400 problems, covering a wide range of probability
techniques and distributions that correspond to the chapters in the handbook.
In addition, another 50 multiple-choice
questions appear on the CD-ROM
included with the book. The supplemental disc is a valuable study resource for
quality professionals preparing for the
probability sections of ASQ's various

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certification exams. While the workbook
has been purposefully organized and
designed to stand on its own, its real value
is realized after studying a section of the
handbook and working on related problems in the workbook.
Each probability problem is accompanied by a detailed numerical solution and
a conversationally styled explanation.
Some of the problems are purely mathematical, while others directly relate to
real-world applications, such as statistical
process control and quality inspection.
The author includes new probability
topics not covered in the handbook. These
include Sterling's formula, bootstrap sampling, composite sampling, the change of
variables technique, p-values, chi-square
tests of independence and the Western
Electric rules.
An explanation accompanies the

problem setup,
and in-depth
information is
included in the
solution. The
problems are
categorized
in three levels
of difficulty,
and the book includes a handy problem
index to help quickly locate problems by
difficulty level. The book also includes 10
appendixes.
This workbook assumes a solid understanding of and adept skills with math and
statistics. This is an essential resource for
instructors of university-level courses in
math, statistics and probability. It would
be an excellent investment by all university libraries supporting these courses.
-Dale Farris, Groves, TX


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Quality Progress - March 2018

Seen and Heard
Expert Answers
Progress Report
Mr. Pareto Head
Career Coach
My Quality Story
In the Right Direction
A Different Kind of BBQ
Gaining Ground
Impeding Progress
Innovation Imperative
Statistics Spotlight
Standard Issues
Marketplace
Footnotes
Back to Basics
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Quality Progress - March 2018 - Mr. Pareto Head
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Quality Progress - March 2018 - Innovation Imperative
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Quality Progress - March 2018 - Statistics Spotlight
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Quality Progress - March 2018 - Standard Issues
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Quality Progress - March 2018 - Marketplace
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Quality Progress - March 2018 - Footnotes
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